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Saturday , March 1 , 2014
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City boy wins Tata quiz regional leg
- Q&A glory in Lucknow, eye on Delhi zonal on March 30

A young Jamshedpurean finished first at the Lucknow regional leg of Tata Crucible Campus Quiz, no surprises for his hometown known for its Q&A enthusiasts.

Sonari lad Arnab Ghosh (20), now a computer science student of IIT-Kanpur along with teammate Shubham Tripathi, won regional leg honours after five intense rounds of quizzing in Lucknow on Thursday.

An alumnus of Rajendra Vidyalaya, who studied Plus Two from DAV Public School, Arnab, along with Shubham, will represent Lucknow in the zonal round slated at Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in New Delhi on March 30.

Thursday’s quiz started with prelims where more than 200 vied for a slot in the final six. After initial eliminations, the event was divided into general awareness, visual, Tata, connecting and clue rounds.

Though quizmaster Giri ‘Pickbrain’ Balasubramanium made participants get out of their comfort zone with his mixed bag of questions, finalists proved their mettle in all the rounds.

“I feel proud to rout the rest five teams as all were good and the best part is that three teams of the six finalists were from IIM-Lucknow. The two others were from law and medical colleges,” said the second-year IITian Arnab, who had a knack for quizzing.

The second topper from Jamshedpur in the IIT-JEE, 2012, with a rank of 267, the feeling of victory is not new for Arnab. Academics apart, he has participated in many quizzing events and almost always bagged the top spot.

But the Tata quiz is special, being one of the biggest events in India with two editions — corporate and campus.

Arnab and Subham have won a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh of which Rs 25,000 will be donated for charity in accordance with the norms of the quiz.

“We will donate Rs 25,000 to Shiksha Sopan, a project of IIT-Kanpur under which, where poor kids study,” said Arnab. And now, for zonals.